PLEASE, CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED TO
COMMON DECENCY, POLITENESS and
PLAIN OLD COMMON SENSE?
I needed 3 things for tonight’s menu and we wanted to rent a movie. Given my choice I would have run to Stater Bros. for the items, but the movie was only available at the Walmart Redbox. Since I only needed 3 things I figured what could it hurt to pop in to Walmart pick up my movie and the 3 things I needed and get out quickly.
Boy was I WRONG!!!
- I walk in the front door and turn to pick up my movie. A woman with a small child in her cart pushes the cart in front of the Redbox kiosk and then turns away talking on her phone. I wait a few minutes, but all the while her kid is pushing on all the screen buttons with sticky fingers and she’s not even looking? I have to tap her on the shoulder and ask her if I could please use the kiosk and she turns waving me away while she’s discussing some club she’s going to tonight.
- I’m walking down a main aisle when a couple turn their cart right out into me from a side aisle and I was startled, but more pissed since they asked me if I felt like I owned the whole aisle. WTF?
- I’m in the food section and not 1, but 2 carts had small dogs (a chihuahua and a mutt) in blankets in the basket seats. When I asked a manager, they said the people said the dogs were service dogs so they had to let them in. As I pointed out to the manager, a service dog is required to wear a vest and be of service to someone disabled NOT be wrapped in a blanket in a cart seat that a child sits in. He wasn’t interested in getting involved. Once again WTF?
- Walking down a main food aisle I’m behind a woman with a gentleman heading my way when she abruptly stops leaving her cart in the middle of the aisle turning it sideways so no one can get by. As I start to say excuse me so does the gentleman coming the opposite way and this seems to confuse her so she just keeps picking out papayas. The gentleman finally physically moves her cart which she then takes offense to as if he’s going to steal her purse or something.
- So I’m at the 20 items or less check out, an older woman pulls in behind me and starts to peruse the magazines as she waits. It seems the quick line is the longest one in the store as the lady in front of me contests every price that rings up. Suddenly I feel someone bump against me and look back assuming she lost her balance and I see a large teenager standing right on my butt and pushing his way in between me and her basket. The woman looks at me and I look at her astonished. Trying to give him the big picture politely, I said, “I think you just cut in front of this lady”. He has the audacity to say, “Well she left room in front of her basket.” He isn’t getting the hint or even a direct statement. She looks like she’s afraid of him and he isn’t budging so I walked over and pulled her basket around him and helped her unload her items. I guess I’m getting bold in my old age.
- Ticked me off then when the cashier spoke to me only in Spanish right down to asking for payment. HELLO?? I’m in an American based store, in an American city – the mere fact that I’m speaking English to her should have clued her into my language preference.
- After I check out, pick up my movie and am heading to my truck when I see a mom loading her car, talking on the phone and ignoring her 4 kids. 3 of the kids were playing tag around the basket in the middle of the parking lot and the 4th, a toddler was standing in the seat and was lucky not to fall on his head as the other kids kept grabbing the basket to round corners. She never even noticed that a car from the opposite side of the aisle who didn’t even look behind him for pedestrians came within inches of her children as he backed out to leave. BTW he was on the phone too.
- Then as I’m almost to my truck I just about get hit by a car cutting through the aisles perpendicular to traffic and guess what? He was on his phone too!
Ironically I found this picture on a friend’s facebook wall this morning and it applies so much to most of our world today.
WHEW! I CERTAINLY FEEL BETTER GETTING THAT OFF MY CHEST.
So that was my afternoon. How was yours?